Overview A Canadian medical cannabis revolution

Established in 2017, GlassHouse Botanics is a privately owned and operated Licensed Producer of medicinal cannabis sitting on 13 acres of pristine land in the Ottawa Valley, an hour and half from Ottawa Canada.  As described below, the GlassHouse facility is the greenhouse of the future with over 43,000 square feet of hybrid greenhouse and head-house.  By early 2021 the facility will be EU-GMP certified to enable GlassHouse to provide it’s medicinal products to the European market.   

The Past

The idea of GlassHouse originated from researching the benefits of cannabis and the potential of the cannabis plant a number of years ago.  The more research, the greater the possibilities of  substantial  medicinal applications.  Our research lead to the realization that so many people could benefit from the plant- from cancer patients to people with pain, stress and anxiety.

The main motivation for Jeff Black, our CEO, comes from his desire to make a difference in the lives of people suffering from a number of ailments and conditions. This passion came from the suffering he watched his young daughter, Lael, go through for 3 ½ years. Lael was 6 years old when she was diagnosed with stage four Rhabdomyosarcoma – a very rare childhood cancer. Forty weeks of chemotherapy was the only treatment available. The pain and suffering a 6-year-old must go through each day, week and month is something no child should ever have to endure, and no parent should ever have to helplessly standby and watch. The anti-nausea and pain medication prescribed did very little, if anything, to stop the daily suffering. When the chemo stopped working Lael went through various other drug trials which eventually also failed to stop or slow the cancer. In 2008, when she was just 10 years of age, receiving radiation and morphine to control the pain, she passed away. In those last months of her life she suffered severe pain as the cancer grew in different areas of her little body. No palliative treatments were ever very effective in reducing her pain except for morphine, which, due to the level required, really didn’t allow her to have much of a life at all. With more, targeted research and development, cannabis may become far more effective in reducing nausea in cancer patients or for pain reduction and management with far less harmful side effects than that of morphine or other addictive opioids that are commonly prescribed. Jeff’s hope is that Cannabis can some day reduce some of the suffering people like Lael endure every day.

Present

Since receiving our cultivation and processing license from Health Canada in July 2019 we have been extremely busy hiring and training outstanding team members, planting and cloning thousands of seeds and plants, defoliating, feeding and just watching our beautiful healthy plants grow!   We have over 30,000 plants at various stages of their life cycle in our greenhouses and mother room while at the same time we are working hard to keep our facility spotlessly clean.  Since December 2019 we have a cloning and harvesting event almost every week!

 

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Future

Just like our greenhouses, our future looks very bright!   With a solid team that is expanding daily, over 30,000 of lush, full, robust plants and a cloning and harvest every week, 2020 is already turning out to be an amazing year.  We have already received an outdoor cultivation license from Health Canada for 11 acres of our property and anticipate obtaining EU-GMP certification by the winter in order to commence selling our medicinal products in the European market to pharmacies and their patients.   We’re thrilled to continue to develop as a company and discover new products for our customers around the world as we drive to be a leader in the medicinal cannabis space. The future is limitless!

Present

Since receiving our cultivation and processing license from Health Canada in July 2019 we have been extremely busy hiring and training outstanding team members, planting and cloning thousands of seeds and plants, defoliating, feeding and just watching our beautiful healthy plants grow!   We have over 30,000 plants at various stages of their life cycle in our greenhouses and mother room while at the same time we are working hard to keep our facility spotlessly clean.  Since December 2019 we have a cloning and harvesting event almost every week!

 
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Construction Phase 1 – Canada

Construction seems so long ago.  We Broke ground in May 2018 and worked tirelessly through all the changes (as you can see below) until we finally received our Health Canada license in July 2019.

Our TeamWe’re just getting started

Our team is made up of a perfect blend of business, science and agricultural backgrounds. And like our plants, we’re growing. See our careers page for more information about job opportunities.

Our Greenhouse – The Differentiator

Our facility is something special.  From the outside it looks like 3 large, new greenhouses with crystal clear walls and ceilings. But once you see what’s inside you begin to appreciate that it is so much more.  They are greenhouses from the future!  

They still have all the advantages of most top of the line greenhouses where the plants can bathe in the rich natural powers of the sun and grow the way plants were always meant to grow while protected from the harsh outside elements when it gets nasty outside.  But then technology takes over to bring our greenhouses into the twenty first century and beyond.  The lights, shades, temperature and humidity are all dynamically controlled by its environment.  Any changes in the outside weather, such as the temperature rising or dropping a few degrees, humidity or the barometric pressure changing, the wind picking up or changing direction, cloud building up, rain pouring down or the sun coming out – will cause the environmental controls in the greenhouse to dynamically adjust to those changes in the outside conditions to ensure they have no effect on the perfectly balanced environment inside the greenhouse.  This is the greenhouse of the future and it is here in our facility.

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Europe

With over 742 million people in Europe where half of the European countries have legalized medical cannabis and the other half considering legalizing medicinal cannabis, the current and future demand  for high quality medicinal cannabis is greater than any other country in the world.  The barriers to entry in Europe are also high as all cannabis must be produced in an EU-GMP certified facility in order for it to enter the EU.  This strict criteria reduces the sources of supply that are available for the consumer.   GlassHouse is working towards EU-GMP certification so that it is able to supply the much needed medicinal cannabis to Europe by the fall of 2020.

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